Aston University has become the first higher education institution in the UK to deploy a converged voice, video and data network system.
The university stated that it believes TV and video will become increasingly important for student education.
A single, IP-based voice, video and data system, based on Cisco's Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data, is to be deployed by services firm Damovo.
Video teaching is already used successfully by university departments, including Aston Business School in its Distance Learning MBA programme.
The Cisco IP Communications system will also replace the university's ageing analogue on-campus VCR/TV and Teletext network, which can no longer cope with the substantial increase in demand or the shared classroom audio-visual equipment linked to the network.
"The university's four schools demand accurate, reliable and timely management information to be available with seamless integration to staff at all levels", said Guppy Dhariwal, director of finance at Aston University.
"Design and implementation of a converged, high-speed voice and data network will give our students an enhanced learning experience. Students at Aston have already identified simple and more reliable access as a requirement."
The converged network will include Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches, Cisco 3550 Series switches with inline power, unified messaging and 2,000 IP phones.
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